Shay is our occupational therapist who specializes in children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (Pervasive Drive for Autonomy).  She would like to facilitate a group of younger neurodivergent children who are larger than life, have loud voices, big movements, big expressions, big excitements, maybe literally bouncing off the walls, acting before thinking, with preferred interests in anything combat (imaginative or hyperfocus on weapons), Roblox, Minecraft, lego, etc.

Between the ages 7 to 10

Maximum 4 children with additional person on the cancelation waitlist

1:2 support-to-participant ratio

Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24, 31
1:00 to 4:00 pm

Cost: $100 per hour x 3 hours x 4 sessions = $1200 billed under occupational therapy services.

If the participant is not a current Cherish client, there will be an extra $100 intake fee.

Maximum: 4.5 participants

The full amount of the camp must be pre-paid.  We can also invoice the autism funding unit or other third-party funding sources.

The camp focuses on high-intensity gross motor activities like fort building and trampoline games carefully sandwiched between lower-intensity, parallel play, and sensory break activities.

Camp Facilities

Sensory Friendly Environment

The Clinic is located in a residential space with sensory friendly lighting, washroom, airc conditioned and sound/light reduced rooms, and access to quiet backyard space.

Sensory equipments and toys

There are rockclimbing walls, swings, slides, hammock, 

No Crowding

The camp would be the only programing in this facility at this time.


In terms of explicit and implicit demands, the camp is relatively unstructured. All activities are voluntarily and democratically decided.  The participants have the freedom to roam and use the full facility, inside and outside. There is also a sensory room for resting and relaxation.

Examples of activities offerings can be building cardboard forts, building melee and range weapons, slip side, foam party, hide and seek, participant versus monsters, etc.


Participation Requirements

We envision four children who

  • are between ages 7 and 10.
  • have shown a strong desire for social interaction with peers.
  • have a strong curiosity and desire to imagine and create.
  • are more energetic than neurotypical peers.
  • are nourished by big movements and big excitements.
  • have consented to participate in this camp. (We never want to force children into therapy).

To ensure a safe and supportive environment, we have specific requirements for participation:

  • Families must be able to identify and communicate their child’s potential triggers and cues of distress with the therapist in advance.
  • Children should have the capacity to be gently redirected and to exit situations that may cause discomfort or stress.
  • It is crucial that there are no immediate safety concerns such as bolting, self-harm, or hair-trigger activation of fight/flight responses towards peers.

Additional Consideration for Parents

If your child has not enjoy or thrived in a group environment in the past, please read our honest and transparent thought around social groups first.

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